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Sea Chest Oyster Bar

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6216 Moonstone Beach Dr, Cambria, CA 93428-1804
+1 805-927-4514
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17:30 - 22:00
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Sun - Mon 17:30 - 21:00
Wed - Thu 17:30 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 17:30 - 22:00
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utah
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I regularly stay on moonstone beach and have visited the sea chest many times. I wish I could say it was great but, its not. The wait time would be fine IF the food wasn't just the usual fare that was terribly overpriced for what you get. Fish that is very dry, boring potatoes and random veggies, the clam chowder... More 

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Santa Barbara, California
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I've been coming here for YEARS. We had our wedding dinner here with our 30 or so guests 20 years ago. We go back every time we are in Cambria. They have the BEST clam chowder and the best seafood. I've never had bad meal. There's always a line, and they do not take reservations. Also - CASH ONLY -... More 

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Paso Robles, CA
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445 reviews
261 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 134 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Excellent seafood and attentive service. Important to note that they do not take reservations - - people start lining up for dinner a half-hour or more before they open - - and no credit cards (cash or check). Right across from scenic Moonstone Beach. Take a jacket; it can be very cool waiting in line.

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Melbourne, Australia
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72 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We arrived 15 minutes after opening an were fortunate to get a table. The menu extensive and staff attentive. The atmosphere was delightful with gorgeous light filtering throughout the restaurant. We enjoyed the views of the ocean as we dined on delicious food the oysters were okay but not briny enough the pot of clams a knockout, simply delicious. We... More 

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Fort Worth, Texas
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16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My husband ordered the Caesar salad and linguini with scallops and both were amazing. I ordered the clam chowder which was amazing and the seabass which just did not do it for me. Portions are very generous, possibly enough to share, I would definitely give it another try if in the area.

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Long Beach, California
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

You have to get there early to stand in line at least an hour before they open. They don't take reservations and only take cash. Those are not pluses for me. It would seem that maybe that's the allure of the restaurant. I don't cook—at all. We were the third in line, so we sat at the bar so my... More 

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North Vancouver, Canada
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29 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Seafood by the ocean. Great food and very fresh fish. Specialises in different dishes but no reservations and only accept cash. Get there early.....it will be worth it, especially when the weather is good!

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9 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We were advised to be there by 17h30 to reserve a table. A popular place with great food. Got there around 18h30, waited for 10 minutes at the bar and got a table. Worth the wait.

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Upland, California
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5 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Our wait was fast, nice wine selection and our meal was excellent. They even accommodated us with a split meal!

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Covina, California
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Seachest oyster bar is one of my favorite restaurants I have not had a bad dish nor has any of my guests Quite expensive and cash only. The place has an ATM machine. This restaurant usually has a line of customers waiting for them to open. Their hours are dinner hours only. They sell wine and beer. If I... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 23 - USD 30
Cuisine
Seafood, Soups, American
Meals
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
View, Romantic, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
Sunday
17:30 - 21:00
Monday
17:30 - 21:00
Wednesday
17:30 - 21:00
Thursday
17:30 - 21:00
Friday
17:30 - 22:00
Saturday
17:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 6216 Moonstone Beach Dr, Cambria, CA 93428-1804
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Luis Obispo County  >  Cambria
  • Phone Number: +1 805-927-4514

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?